Friday, August 22, 2014

Recipes to Nourish is on "Summer Vacation"

Recipes to Nourish is on "Summer Vacation" ...

Well not really, but I'm in the process of making some new changes to the blog.  Recipes to Nourish will relaunch in Mid September with a NEW LOOK + NEW RECIPES.  

Until then, enjoy the rest of summer. 

xo Emily 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rustic Strawberry Basil Crostata {or Galette} with Lemon Mint Cream Cheese

Crostata or Galette?  They're basically the same thing, except one is French and one is Italian.  Crostata's or Galette's are not baked in a pan like a tart ... they're a flat layer of dough filled with sweet or savory yumminess + edges of the dough folded up around the filling.  I LOVE them!  Why you ask?  Because there is no pressure rolling out a perfect crust!  Crostata's or Galette's are meant to be rustic ... and that is a beautiful thing. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Pavlova with Homemade Lemon Curd + Strawberries {Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free}

Pavlova's are a must-have summer treat!  They look gorgeous + taste unbelievable too! 

If you've never had one of these delicate beauties, you are in for a real treat.  Pavlova's are a big delicious meringue ... crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.  

This is a show-stopper dessert, but the great part is that it's very simple + easy to make.  This is not a recipe that requires lots of baking skill or even a lot of hard prep time.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Honey Sweetened Lemon Curd

Smooth + velvety, LEMON CURD is deliciously tart + sweet! 

When I was little I loved getting to have high tea with my dear grandma or my mom.  Often lemon curd was served with scones and I thought this was so elegant.  It quickly became something that I really loved + it was super special because I only had it on rare occasions. 

I adore LEMON CURD!  But I can't stand when it tastes "eggy" ... yuck!  Over the years I have found that most packaged lemon curds have a very distinct egg taste that overpowers the most important part in my opinion ... LEMON!  When I'm craving it, I want that tart lemon taste, not the flavor of egg yolks.

Most lemon curd recipes call for egg yolks only ... usually creating a more dominant egg yolk flavor.  Not my recipe!  I use the whole egg.  I find that this really helps create a bolder lemon flavor with no hint of egg yolk flavor at all.    

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Remembering My Mom

My dear and loyal readers, please excuse the lack of posts being shared here the last few months.  As some of you know, my mom got very sick at the end of April and was diagnosed with cancer ... and since then her health declined quickly. 

At the end of June she was hospitalized for the 3rd time since her diagnosis.  This time she spent over two weeks in the hospital.  Her health rapidly declined during her hospital stay and on July 2nd my mom passed away.  She was 66 years old. 

Back in May, I wrote a little tribute recipe for my mom, Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Bon Bons ... at that time I had no idea my mom's health would decline so quickly, but I wanted her to know how much she meant to me.  Sadly, she never got to read the post, but I'm glad that her life is a little part of that recipe. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pineapple Agua Fresca {Honey Sweetened + Coconut Water}

During the hot summer months, my family loves to drink Agua Frescas.  These fresh waters are light + refreshing ... a perfect thirst quencher on a hot day.  Whip up a few batches and serve it at potlucks, barbecues, picnics or simply for your family to enjoy at the end of the day. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream {Dairy Free + Vegan}

Summer is here in Northern California and it is HOT ... 100+ degrees, no thank you!

When it's this hot I don't want to cook much, in fact all I want is cooling drinks like slushy, blended watermelon lemonade + lots of homemade ice cream.  Yes, I eat it all day long, I have no shame in that, especially when it's made with REAL, nourishing ingredients. 

Because my whole family loves ice cream, I decided to come up with something refreshing + slightly sweet.  My husband and I were talking about lemonade and I thought how perfect that would be paired with strawberries in ice cream form!  I also wanted this recipe to be super special because it was the first ice cream that Tiny Love would get to eat.  This recipe is extra special because I knew it would be nourishing for our baby + it's just so yummy. 

Tiny Love enjoying every bite ... can you tell she liked it?